# Monthly Archives: March 2012

– in the book

– by using our schema

– by inferring (guessing)

– by looking to an outside source

# Writing Update!

This week, we started our new unit of writing.  We started off by writing stories that teach our readers how to do, make, or play something.  The writers jumped right into the writing, choosing to teach us how to float in water, make toast, shoot a bow and arrow, make a bowl of cereal, get dressed, and brush your teeth…just to name a few.  We then had a blast checking to see if our directions worked and made sense by having a partner act out each step for us to watch.  It was fun to see them collaborate with each other to change and add where they had missed steps.

We’ll pick back up with our teaching stories when we come back from break.

# Socks!

Since the weather has been especially wonderful and warm, our kiddos are not wearing socks to school anymore! This is a glorious thing, but unfortunately during Gym days, this can cause a problem. Please send a pair of socks to school for your child to keep in his or her locker for the rest of the year to use for Gym 🙂

Thanks!

# Math Update!

Our mathematicians were hard workers this week! They spent the beginning of the week reviewing patterns, equations, skip counting, 100-partners, and (addition and subtraction) story problems with teen numbers. They were given similar examples of problems that would be on the assessment to better prepare them.

We finished up the week with an assessment covering the entire unit and a pretest covering the next unit. On Monday, we will begin new math switch groups again!! This unit will deal with picture graphstables, more story problems and measurement!

# Writing Update!

This week, we started the week off with our writing celebration.  We had a blast sharing our hard work with all the other first graders!

The rest of the week was spent preparing stories for our JUST WRITE celebration that takes place on Thursday, May 17.  We need to get them done early so that we can ship them off to be published into a book for our classroom and the kids worked hard to find their best story and revise it to make it even better!  We revisited our study of sentences and tried to edit our stories for complete sentences (a who? and a what?) by making sure we start them with capitals and add punctuation to the end.  We then went to the computer lab to create a picture to represent our whole story.  We will type up the kids’ stories and then ship them off to be published into a classroom book…you will also have the chance to purchase one if you would like.  We will also post their stories to their lockers during that week to showcase their work this year for the rest of the school to see.

We spent the rest of the week on another classic David Weisner book, FLOTSAM.  The kids couldn’t take their eyes off this book and were begging to share their thinking.  It was so much fun!  We jotted down our questions as we went through the book and ended up with six and a half pages of questions.  I went through and picked out just a handful of their questions and we went back through the book to see if the kids could find answers to some of these questions and it was fun to see their understanding of the book develop as they shared their thinking with the class.  They are pumped to continue sharing their questions with other books.

# Pizza Lunch!

Way to go first grade families!! We are the proud winners of a Marco’s Pizza Party for having the most participation during our last Marco’s Pizza Night!

Our special lunch will take place next Tuesday, March 27 during our regular lunchtime.  Your child will be able to have 2 slices of pizza.  They will need to bring a water bottle or juice box or we can get milk from the lunch room.  If your child would like additional food/snack or a different lunch altogether, please feel free to send this into school on that day.  I can’t wait!!!